Travel blogging – winter in Catalonia
Sunrises. We wake up in the darkness nowadays, and the sun rises slowly and beautifully, while we lie in bed, reading, writing, working. The surface of the bus is about 30% windows, and it is wonderful to enjoy the details of a sunrise from all directions, without leaving the bed. Yay. Buslife.
Language studies. I have come to the point, where I read a novel in Spanish now, “El Amante Janponés” by Isabel Allende. I did not make it become fluent in six months, but it is a great adventure still to learn Spanish. I am at an interesting level in the learning of the language. When I just read the text, I understand most even when I don’t translate to English or danish. It feels weird, and sometimes I wonder, what it actually means to understand another language, and if I am actually learning. I am schooled, I am used to grammar and vocabulary lists and tests and translations – I never learned a language naturally before. It is fascinating. Like developing basic understanding again maybe. The book is by the way very good. Observing. Peaceful. Appealing.
The children too are studying language, mostly by duolingo, which I must say, is a great vocabulary builder. They work, too, at the project here, and have to speak English and Spanish, while doing so. Learning a language is a huge task, and we shall never give up.
Friendships. Pemi and Yasmina returned from Africa, and we spend a few joyful hours under the fig tree, all tired and kind of cold, but happy to see each other again. Storm had grown so much those two months, it was obvious to them, which is always a bit funny, when teens grow so fast.